Meghan Ferguson, B.A., LL.B.
Meghan has worked for over 10 years in human resources. Her practice includes employment law, labour law, wrongful dismissals, HR policies, disability, health and safety, investigations, and human rights.
Prior to joining DSF, Meghan worked in employment standards and labour policy at the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Meghan also practiced for six years at one of Canada’s leading employment law firms. Meghan often spoke on human rights, due diligence, workplace violence, harassment and investigations. She frequently represented employers in health and safety prosecutions, human rights applications, labour board complaints, employment standards claims and grievance arbitration.
In 2010, Meghan went in-house with one of Canada’s oldest retailers. As Director of Legal Services and Associate Relations, Meghan Ferguson provided advice to human resources across Canada on employment standards, terminations, performance management, reorganization, privacy, human rights, disability and health and safety. She implemented policies to assist the business and reduce costs while ensuring legal compliance and positive employee relations. Most notably, Meghan managed the largest termination in Canadian history with the Zellers’ Human Resources after the Company sold 220 of its leases to Target. She also managed one of the longest class actions (K-Mart) and advised on proactive strategies to reduce litigation.
Meghan has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario and British Columbia, Human Rights Tribunals across Canada, Privacy Commissions and provincial labour boards. She was called to the Bar in 2005.
Meghan’s unique experience allows her to understand the client’s needs, while she helps her clients weigh the legal risks. Meghan’s clients have described her as a “strategic thinker”, “thoughtful” and a lawyer “with a keen sense of when a practical resolution is achievable”.
In her spare time, Meghan likes to run, cycle and eat! She is cycling in the Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Best Buddies Challenge. She also volunteers to help programs for people with disabilities and children who have suffered abuse.
Vihos v. Hudson’s Bay Company, 2012 HRTO 95; Ramlal v. Metro Ontario Inc., 2012 HRTO 790; Kahraman v. Zellers Inc., 2011 HRTO 1869; R. (Ministry of Labour) v. Booth Centennial - motion to quash a search warrant; R. v. Bruce Power et al., motion to intervene at the Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of CACE; Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit v. Ontario Nurse’s Association, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Loralee Idler, Inspector 2009 CanLII 80083 (ON LRB) – H1N1 clinics; Johnson v. Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, 2009 CanLII 33866 (ON LRB); R. v. Kelly Services (Canada) Ltd., (2008) 91 O.R. (3d) 157;
LSUC Disability Benefits During and After Employment; e-Discovery Institute 2012; Employment Law and the New Workplace in the Social Media Age (LSUC) 2012; OPSBA Bill 168 (Workplace Violence and Harassment) Amendments to OHSA; OHA Preparing for Bill 168 – Preventing Workplace Violence and Harassment 2010; OBA Education Law Section - Grappling with the Challenges of Bill 168; When to Wagg - Six Minute Labour Lawyer 2008; R. v. Bruce Power et al: Privilege and Intervenor Status - Six Minute Labour Lawyer 2009; Lancaster’s WSIB Conference 2008; Lancaster’s Canadian Labour Board Conference 2008 – Adjudicating Non-Labour Relations Act Disputes at Labour Boards; AMO Employment and Labour Law Update 2010; Safe Schools 2009 – School Yard Issues and Cyber-Bullying; Ontario Ski Resorts 2010 – To Report or Not to Report: An update on Blue Mountain; HRPA Employment & Labour Law Update 2009.